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Loyola University Chicago

School of Education


M.Ed. in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies

Degree Requirements

Total Hours: 30
Practicum: None
Comprehensive: Electronic Portfolio
Thesis: None

Length of the Program
A student enrolled full-time can usually finish the M.Ed. degree in three to four semesters. This requires two or three courses per semester and one or two courses during the Summer Session. Students have five years from acceptance to complete the program. (See SOE Policy: Time Limit for Degree Completion)

Curriculum Plan
Completion of the M.Ed. degree program in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies requires 30 semester hours inclusive of a three-credit engaged learning internship experience, as well as the completion of an electronic capstone portfolio.

Continuous Enrollment
Master's students in cultural and educational policy studies are required to maintain the status of continuous enrollment during their program of studies. This means that during each semester of each academic year (excluding Summer Sessions), each student must enroll in at least one course. (See SOE Policy: Time Limit for Degree Completion‌)

A formal leave of absence may be granted upon request and the approval of the School of Education Associate Dean of Student Academic Services.

Core Courses (18 semester hours)

Specialization (9 semester hours)
Students choose either of the following tracks:

American Education Policy Specialization:

Global and International Education Policy Specialization:

Engaged Learning Internship Experience (3 semester hours)

Comprehensive Assessment
An electronic capstone portfolio. Details to come.

Degree Conferral
While the commencement ceremony is every May, degrees can be conferred May, August, and December. Students must apply for graduation/degree conferral. Students should apply for graduation in the semester they anticipate completing all degree requirements. Failure to meet application deadlines may result in a delay of the conferral of the degree to the following semester. Applications for Degree Conferral are due:

*Students having their degrees conferred in August are eligible to participate in the proceeding May Commencement.

Please note the degree conferral application is valid for only one semester. If the degree is not conferred for the semester requested, a new application is required for a subsequent semester.


School of Education
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Chicago, IL 60611
312.915.6800 · SchlEduc@luc.edu

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